Bright Minds Assistantships

The Graduate School of Geosciences offers Bright Minds Assistantships since 2017. The assistantship programme exists in addition to Utrecht University’s Bright Minds Fellowships. The assistantships are intended for students with an interest in geoscientific research. The aim of these assistantships is to involve master’s students in ongoing scientific projects conducted by academic staff and PhD candidates. This allows students to experience what it takes to do research and to pursue a career in science.

Applications for the Bright Minds Assistantships are now closed. The call for applications for February 2025 will open in mid October.

Who can apply?

Would you like to explore what it’s like to do academic research? Are you interested in pursuing a career in geoscientific research and curious to find out if it suits you? Then the Bright Minds Assistantship might be just the right opportunity for you! 

You can apply for an assistantship if you are a (prospective) master's student at the Graduate School of Geosciences. The assistantships are available to Dutch and EU students, as well as non-EU students. Please note that you need to be enrolled in a master's programme during your assistantship. 


Please find all project proposals submitted for the September 2024 round of the Bright Minds Assistantships listed below. All proposals concern ongoing research projects at Utrecht University that have expressed interest in employing a Bright Minds Assistant.